The drowsy murmur of my heartbeat
has hidden its head beneath wing,
snuggling down into warmth.
Night bends down like a sap-green willow,
dipping its branches into the water darkness
lapping the room’s corners.
Sleep-brushed blue thistles settle under my eyes.
Mesmerised by sirens
combing the silence with song,
I submerge my sand-bagged limbs.
Hours scuttle under chairs,
whispering fish secrets.
Morning hovers flavoured
with sea-salt and bitter chicory.
I ignore the distant shrieking
of alarmed seagulls.
My ballast gathered,
I slip deeper beneath the currents.
Gerry Stewart is a poet, creative writing tutor and editor based in Finland. Her poetry collection Post-Holiday Blues was published by Flambard Press, UK. Totems is to be published by Hedgehog Poetry Press in 2021. Her writing blog can be found at http://thistlewren.blogspot.fi/ and @grimalkingerry on Twitter.